Dame Louise Casey used to be the “integration czar.” The one who would come up with policies to make us all more British and together that is. Which is odd really, because the very point of being British is that we don’t do such things. We already know we’ve won that lottery ticket of life by being born of the sceptered isle. But still she’s now gone even futher wrong by insisting that we must all be speaking English:
UK should set date for everyone to speak English, says Casey
Hmm, OK then 27 March 2019. We’ll all speak English to each other at 4.13 pm and then the idea can be buried as it should be:
THE GOVERNMENT should set a target date for when “everybody in the country” needs to speak English, according to the former integration tsar.
But there she is, going much further. She’s insisting that government has not just the right – which it doesn’t and shouldn’t – but also the duty to make us all use one particular language in our communications with each other.
There is that little reminder of the map above, that English is not the only native language upon these isles. Not even the native language of these isles, it being a fairly recent irruption itself. But more than that what damn business is it of government to intervene in the language we do speak?
Which brings us to the really basic problem here, over and above those jokes about the entire concern being something that we Brits simply don’t do. It is that this is a plan from government to make us all easier to govern. Which isn’t the point at all of the system. Rather, we institute government to bring us those things which cannot be done individually and or voluntarily. We get to decide what we’re going to have government doing, they don’t decide how we must behave to make life easy for them.
And the thing is that this idea of civil liberty under the rule of law, we’re the peeps who invented it. There’s nothing more British than the idea that government should empty the bins then bugger off. So, her entire line of thought about the imposition of integration is most un-British in the first place, isn’t it?